Junie Faye Forehand

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Junie Faye Forehand, 81, of Canadian, OK, passed away on Monday, January 2nd, at 4:55 PM, in McAlester, surrounded by her loving family when she passed on to heaven. An avid reader, Junie collected over hundreds of romance, science fiction, and mystery novels. Junie also had a passion for creative writing and was a member of a writers group in McAlester. Frank D. McSherry, Jr. encouraged Junie to submit a chapter of her novel to Tulsa Writers’ Guild which she was honored with second place in the late sixties. She worked in her home for several years as a seamstress and tailor. Junie also worked for the McAlester Girls Club as an assistant director alongside the director Nina Anthony when the Girls Club first opened. She was also a basketball coach and loved teaching the sport. One of her most proudest accomplishments was fighting for girls rights to play basketball in McAlester Public Schools. She was so excited to hear the Lady Buffs won their first basketball 5A state championship.

During her retired years, she enjoyed the outdoors fishing with her best friend Linda Coggins of McAlester. She also had an artistic talent where she enjoyed cross-stitching and making quilts for her grandchildren. Junie made a quilt for her nephew Bobby Johnson who died of AIDS which was added to the AIDS Memorial Quilt.

Junie was born on May 26, 1941, to Oda (Phillips) and Thomas Samuel Reece, in Monroe, OK. She is survived by her husband Audrey O. Forehand of 66 years; daughters Tina Burgess and Debra Scarborough of Tulsa; son Stewart Forehand of McAlester; 5 grandchildren Steven Staples, Billy Ben Staples, Jimmy Lee Forehand, Audra Peteet, and Morgan Reese; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by parents Oda and Thomas Samuel Reece; 6 brothers Buster, Red, Olan, Holbert, James, and Troy; 4 sisters Mamie Heavener, Pauline Odom, Wilma Wilkerson, and Aline Vance.

Graveside service will be 1:00 p.m., Friday, January 6, 2023 at Heavener Memorial Park in Heavener, Oklahoma with Brother Larry Free officiating. Burial will follow in Heavener Memorial Park under the direction of Dowden-Roberts Funeral Home of Heavener, Oklahoma.

Pallbearers will be: Steven Staples, Billy Staples, Jimmy Forehand, Evan Staples, Dylan Staples, and Rusty Bivins.

Viewing will be from 9 a.m. until Noon, Friday at the funeral home.

To sign Junie’s online guestbook please visit www.dowdenrobertsfuneralhome.com

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